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. with sanctions and boycotts, rallies and legislation and direct dialogue and engagement, you did. the obama administration and secretary clinton are to be commended for their policy engagement that has produced real progress on the long road toward democracy. an honor for us, a great honor it is for us that mrs. bush is here. the united states has stood and stand with the freedom speaking people of burma in there just cause. i am proud to say northern california is home to the largest burmese population in the nation. we are not competitive around here. san francisco has been a leader in promoting burma and supporting aung san suu kyi. buddhism and its non-violent tradition has been a source of strength for that democracy movement in burma. aung san suu kyi has seen her supporters beaten, tortured and killed. she has never responded with hatred and violence. she has asked only for peaceful dialogue and progress toward democracy. she has always believed the need for democracy for all the people of burma was more important than her personal needs. she made great personal sacrifices in terms o
was recognized with. and i think that that handcuffed us the day later. more generally, i think president obama was absolutely right in january and february of 2011 to have praised the change underway in egypt. and if the united states deserves credit for praising what the president called this hopeful moment to open egypt to the prospect of universal rights, then we had a responsibility to follow through and to say whether in general, whether that hopeful moment is being pursued and whether we can still support. because, in fact, it is a really what much of this is about. the egyptians know whether or not they're going down a path, deserve to know whether they're going down a path that america can still support. and, indeed, they deserve to know sooner rather than later, rather than waking up one morning and finding that 535 people on capitol hill are going to say that they're on a path that america cannot support. so i believe that we should have been bolder. not getting down into the weeds about this or that article, but bolder in our statements in terms of the process and content of this co
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